Climate Leadership Conference

By Jeff Austin
March 26th, 2014

Each year, I have the privilege of attending the Climate Leadership Conference (CLC) sponsored by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This year’s conference convened last week in San Diego, Calif., which was a nice sunny break from the east coast winter storms that I have been experiencing of late. CLC’s distinctive program convenes a global audience of executives, practitioners, and organizations addressing climate change in their operations. Three other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) co-sponsor the CLC along with the EPA, and Wells Fargo is a member of one of the groups – ACCO.

This year’s event, like previous years, delivered content by some of the most innovative and forward-thinking leaders in the field and focuses on sharing climate and energy related solutions, navigating key challenges, and introducing new opportunities. I participate every year because greenhouse gas emission reporting and reduction efforts are at the core of my job at Wells Fargo, and I am proud to say that we are recognized leaders in this area (last year we won an award).

One of the main highlights of the conference was hearing about the inspired work of many of my peers in other industries across the country. I even brought home a few new ideas that I hope will help me chart Wells Fargo’s course for the next few years. And, I plan to write about them here on the Environmental Forum, so stay tuned.

If you attended the conference this year, please comment and let me know about your experience.

Tags:   ACCO   CLC   climate   conference   energy   GHG   greenhouse gas emissions   
Jeff Austin

Jeff Austin

As head of Environmental Affairs Operational Sustainability Strategy, Jeff is responsible for environmental goal setting and performance in the areas of supply chain, facilities, and information technology. He manages the company’s progress toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions and efforts to increase energy and water efficiency, and works to increase waste stream diversion rates and the development of more sustainable supply chain practices and policies. Austin serves on the External Advisory Board of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s IDEAS (Infrastructure, Design, Environment and Sustainability) Center.

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